Geographic Information Systems in Support of Wind Energy Activities at NREL: Preprint

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to further the development of wind energy resources in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Program and its Wind Powering America Initiative. Some of the elements of NREL's GIS data used in wind energy activities include wind measurement sites, transmission lines, federal facilityinformation, and modeled wind resources. More complex GIS analyses can define relationships among the mapped wind energy resources, potential energy load characterization, and utility integration problems. A GIS is an outstanding tool for wind energy activities because data can be readily updated and the results of the GIS analyses can be expressed as charts, tables, and maps. These outputs arein digital formats that allow the results of GIS analyses to be quickly and efficiently distributed to the wind energy industry.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2001
Event39th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting - Reno, Nevada
Duration: 8 Jan 200111 Jan 2001


Conference39th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
CityReno, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-29164


  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • wind energy resource maps
  • wind energy resources


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